Creative Christmas Ornament Repairs

Hello! Have you gotten all of your Christmas decorations sorted out and put away? I finished up today, with our tree. It’s depressing and exciting at the same time.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I got into the groove with some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and some great music. Except this time, instead of listening to Christmas Carols, it was Broadway Show tunes! I was rockin’ out to old and new classics like Master of the House, Ring of Keys, Turn it Off , Ol’ Man River, and You Give a Little Love from Bugsy Malone. How many of you remember that musical? Whatever helps and makes the job a little more pleasant, right?

Cookies!

Before packing everything away, I needed to fix some broken ornaments. Some of them just needed a little glue, while the others required a more creative fix.

Poor Scrooge’s nose fell off at some point, and he used to hold a candle, which also disappeared.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I cut the head off of a pin to use as his nose… It was my last red one.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

And, I cut the string off of this little wreath, accessory thingy. Both were attached with hot glue.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

Voila! He’s fixed. To be honest, keeping it real… I kinda made a mess of his face trying to glue the nose on. It was a bitch trying to glue that tiny little nose on with my long fingernails. I scratched his face, and wore off some of the face paint. But, I still like him better than before. No one’s gonna look that close.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

Next, came this little boat. The wires became detached from everywhere. It was a much easier repair, needing just a little crazy glue.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

This one broke my heart, as someone very special gave it to me. As I was hanging it, it slipped out of my hand and broke on one corner. It took me a little while to figure out how to fix this one.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

All it took was a few cotton balls, a tiny bottle brush tree, and some clear glitter glue.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I fluffed and hot glued the cotton balls in and around the break, to act as snow. Then, I pulled the tree off of its base, and hot glued that into the cotton, and to the ornament itself. I finished it off by painting the cotton, and the tree, with the clear glitter glue.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

What do you think? Not bad, huh?

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

This little guy just needed his antler glued back on.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

He’s ready to party, once again.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

This one is the worst. This is was my tree topper. It. just. happened. This has been the only tree topper we have ever had.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I had taken if off the tree, and just put it into its box. I must have wrapped it in too much tissue paper, because when I put the lid on the box, I crushed it. I was devastated. This topper meant  means so much to me. My husband promised that we would replace it, with the same one or similar. I know where to look, but I purchased it about 25 years ago, and I have a good idea how much it will cost to replace. It’s not gonna be cheap. Sigh…

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

From now on, it’ll hang on my tree as an ornament.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

This last ornament has been broken since 2000. I purchased it as a remembrance of my son’s birth. He was a millennium baby, and the ornament is the Y2K bug.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

When my son was born, they allowed my husband to stay in the hospital with me, overnight, on New Year’s Eve. The hospital wasn’t going to allow anyone to come or go between a certain time period, due to security concerns. They had no idea what was going to happen, and as my son was born in a huge hospital, very close to New York City, they weren’t taking any chances. So, that’s why the ornament is so special to me. Not to mention, he’s so stinkin’ cute!

Like the gingerbread ornament, it slipped out of my hand while I was trying to hang it. So… For the past 15 or so years, I’ve been hanging this ornament, broken, not having the heart to throw it away, at the back of my tree.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

This one would require the most creative, and extensive repair. I just winged it… Literally and figuratively, lol! I decided to make him new legs and feet from pipe cleaners. Previously, they were glass, just like his arms.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I stuck them in the holes at the bottom, and hot glued them in.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

After that, I don’t know how I did it, but I made him a pair of pants and shoes with felt, and added two little matching buttons.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I searched online for printable wings, and printed them out on vellum paper. I cut them out, and hot glued them to his back. I also gave him a little basket that I filled with clock-like gears that I had from a previous craft project.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

I don’t usually pat myself on the back, but I’m pretty proud of the way he came out.

How to repair broken Christmas Ornaments

He now has a permanent place at the FRONT of my fairytale tree, which I keep out in my bedroom, all year. I’ll be sharing that pretty soon.

It feels pretty good to have everything put away. What’s next?

Winter? Valentine’s Day? Hmm…????

Have a great week!

2 Comments

  1. March 24, 2016 / 6:37 PM

    I never would have thought of fixing my broken glass ornaments. I will now. You did a STELLAR job!!!!

    • July 4, 2016 / 6:28 AM

      Thanks, I think I did a pretty good job myself! LOL!

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